Color: dark red Nose: blackberry, earth, a big brawny nose, we gave this an hour half in the decanter Palate: wow, ripe with big tannins still, full bodied, a 'big' 07, needs more time to settle, pretty good for a 07
I jumped up to grab this. The youngest Bordeaux I've ever had. Crimson color. Throwing a fine scarf of sediment around the neck. Smells like a Judas Priest concert - all new leather studded with iron. Firm, but open entry. Cassis, threaded with ferrous details and trimmed in a polished cedar finish. This is not a down year, rather a testament to how good the down years are now with the advancements in winemaking. I prefer this to the 1999, 2001 and 2004 versions of LB. This will be good for years. 91
This is in a good place now. Tannins are gentle, and great aromatics are quite inviting. Cassis, cherries, beef jerky, and light spices are pleasing. It is a classic Bordeaux that you can drink young and not feel guilty. Low alcohol at 13% is quite lovely.
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(Château Léoville-Barton (St Julien)) A very open, expressive and convincing nose here, perfumed and bright, with a direct style of fruit. Really very convincing and a leader within the appellation and vintage. Really well-formed fruits, defined and yet with substance and polish, with only the faintest hint of oak in the background. The palate seems as if it is from another vintage; the fruit is supple, the texture harmonious, and from within there emerges grainy tannins and a fine, bright acidity which give the wine lovely shape and definition. Rather dry in terms of texture but that's not a problem. It is grippy and youthful, with more of this grip showing in the finish. A really very convincing wine.
(Château Léoville Barton) Medium dark red violet color; lovely, poised, ripe plum, herbaceous nose; tight, tart cassis, herbaceous palate with sweet tannins; medium-plus finish 91+ pts. (the tightest of the 6 2007s we tried at this tasting)
(Chateau Léoville-Barton St Julien) A very attractive nose here, partly the sweetness of the oak but also the fruit, presented in a clean, reserved, restrained style. Polished, with a smooth outer shell on the palate, with gentle fruit. A lifted style, with roast herb elements, and a gentle linear finish. A little substance towards the end as well. This will come good with time, but as always is one for the classicists.
(Chateau Léoville-Barton St Julien) There is some sweet fruit showing on the nose here, but it is not the most expressive nose. It has a reserved quality of aroma, and on the palate a very cool, stony and detached presence. A very upright and firm composition, the tannins hard but well hidden. Rather sandy fruit. Another classic, vin de garde which has good potential.
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